Abingdon is a leading independent day and boarding school with 950 boys in the Senior School and 250 boys in the Prep School. Situated in 35 acres in the centre of Abingdon, just south of Oxford, the School combines the very best in academic standards, music, sport and the arts. Abingdon combines over 750 years of history and tradition with a modern outlook, providing an all-round education for boys from the age of 11 to 18. As well as encouraging academic achievement, with impressive results at GCSE, A Level and Oxbridge and university entrance, the School provides extensive extra-curricular opportunities, encouraging pupils to try something new, to develop existing talents and ‘give something back’.
Our aim is to ensure each boy thrives at Abingdon and, through challenge and opportunity, achieves the most from his potential. Our pupils come from a wide range of social and geographic backgrounds, creating a lively and tolerant mix of cultures. Boys of all faiths are welcome. The Chapel and its services provide a focus for exploration of the spiritual dimension within a Christian context: each year-group comes together in the Chapel once a week to share in an inter-denominational act of worship.
The majority of our pupils are dayboys although boarding plays an important part in the character of the School. Close ties with the nearby girls’ school of St Helen and St Katharine add a co-educational feel, especially to our Sixth Form, where some subjects are taught jointly and there is much collaboration with drama productions, musical activities and, of course, socially.
We occupy an extensive site in the centre of Abingdon, just six miles south of Oxford. Abingdon Preparatory School is on a separate site ten minutes away. Our facilities range from the beautiful Victorian and Edwardian buildings to the more modern Amey Theatre, Arts Centre and science blocks. We are also very proud of our most recent addition, a multi-million-pound sports centre that opened in 2008.